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Why Abstinence Matters-1: The Fall of Man
Cheon Seong Gyeong 343
Where does true love begin? True love
begins in True Parents. This is the best
news among all good news. Although
there may be some good news declared
in the world, and although “husband”
and “wife” are good words, there is no
better news than that of True Parents.
This is because without the appearance
of True Parents, no true husband or wife
can appear in the fallen world. You must
understand this clearly. (131-187, 1984.5.1)
What does it mean for you to serve
with all your heart, with your entire
mind, and with all your devotion? It
means to offer your life. Is there any-
thing greater than that? To devote your-
self with all your heart means giving up
your life. To serve with all your mind
and devotion means giving up your life.
Isn’t there a saying, “Sincerity moves
heaven?” Is there a limit to sincerity, an
end to one’s devotion? Put your life on
the line and offer devotion. God will rec-
ognize the person who is ready to sacri-
fice his life and offer a life of devotion.
Cheong Seong Gyeong 994
World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon
Conscience and Inborn Goodness
2. Struggling with One’s Conscience
Keep your conscience clear.
1 Peter 3.16
You may not see yourself growing up, but you
definitely know it when you are sinning.
Akan Proverb (African Traditional Religions)
The mind is said to be twofold:
The pure and also the impure;
Impure—by union with desire;
Pure—from desire completely free.
Maitri Upanishad 6.34 (Hinduism)
And I do call to witness the self-reproaching
A certain person has done no lovely deed, has
done no profitable deed, has given no shelter
to the timid; he has done evil, cruel, wrongful
deeds. At the thought, “I have done no lovely
deed,” he is tormented. At the thought, “I have
done evil,” he is tormented. These two thoughts
sear the conscience.
Itivuttaka 25 (Buddhism)
My conscience hath a thousand several
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.
William Shakespeare, Richard III
Every judgment of conscience, be it right or
wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or
morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise
that he who acts against his conscience always
St. Thomas Aquinas (Christianity)
If a superior give any order to one who is under
him which is against that man’s conscience,
although he does not obey it yet he shall not be
Saint Francis of Assisi, Third Admonition of the Order
To the pure all things are pure, but to the cor-
rupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very
minds and consciences are corrupted.
The glory of a good man is the testimony of a
good conscience. Therefore, keep your con-
science good and you will always enjoy happi-
ness, for a good conscience can bear a great deal
and can bring joy even in the midst of adver-
sity. But an evil conscience is ever restive and
Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ (Christianity)
Is it not the fact that there is in the body a
clot of blood which, if it is in good condition,
the whole body is, too; and if it is in rotten
condition, so too is the whole body? Is not this
40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 6 (Islam)
I myself had reason for confidence… as to
the law a Pharisee, as to zeal a persecutor of
the church, as to righteousness under the law
blameless. But whatever gain I had I counted as
loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count every-
thing as loss because of the surpassing worth of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
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